SF Guide: What to do in The City
There is a plethora of not-to-be-missed things to do in The City — some well known and some under the radar — to keep your calendar as active as ever.
Urban Putt is the only place in SF hosting indoor mini golf, and it’s all alongside Chicago-style pizza, chicken-and-waffle skewers and adult sips in the heart of the Mission. Need we say more? Three blocks from 24th St./Mission Station, this newer addition is now an SF landmark — the much-hyped place to attempt a hole-in-one under the same roof as an upstairs restaurant and two bars.
Dolores Park, a three-block stroll from 16th St./Mission Station, is a local’s summer hub on any given weekend. Socialize with a crew, people watch and pack a lunch as you sit back to watch the skateboarders shred. Dessert? Esteemed post-lounging eats sit across the street on the corner of Guerrero and 18th St. at Tartine Bakery; there’s a reason why you’ll always find a line of people lunging for the menu of freshly baked tarts, cakes and croissants.
SF Museum of Modern Art may currently be closed for construction, but you can still check out one of its exhibits at the Museum of the African Diaspora (MoAD), a block from Montgomery Station. Portraits and Other Likenesses from SFMOMA runs through October 11, and features a selection of mixed media exploring portraiture since the 1930s. Looking to relax after the visual intake? Across the way, Yerba Buena Gardens houses sprawling green and the quaint, invitingly zen Samovar Tea Lounge (where a warm chai and smoked salmon Caesar salad with wasabi dressing are choice picks off the menu).
Pork belly donuts, bottomless mimosas, craft beer, board games. Welcome to The Sycamore. This Mission fave boasts a full menu of food and drinks, and a back patio to boot, a block from 16th St./Mission Station. Weekend brunch never felt so hip.
The Ferry Building and Saturday’s Ferry Plaza Farmer’s Market, a block from Embarcadero Station, is a buffet for more than a few senses. Organic produce, finely prepared eats and waterfront frolicking make this a nationally praised affair. Get in your hefty load of kale and farm-fresh flowers alongside a healthy dose of iconic Bay scenes.
Aquarius Records, San Francisco’s oldest independent record store, is one of the last shops standing of a beloved dying breed. Feel like you’re living in the film “High Fidelity” and peruse the aisles of carefully curated sounds. Located on Valencia Street, Aquarius Records is three blocks from 24th St./Mission Station.
Stages don’t get much sweeter than what you’ll find at The Warfield. Take BART to Powell Station and walk 1.5 blocks to hit up this elegant gold- and red-laden theater for a world-class nightlife experience. On the hunt for more music? A short walk from Civic Center Station sits the polished, state-of-the-art SFJAZZ Center, which has been luring lovers of technically savvy beats to Hayes Valley since it opened just two years ago.